Kenyans will not forgive you if you bungle the election – NASA to Chiloba
The Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have warned Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba, against bungling the August 8 polls saying that results declared at constituency level will be final.
Speaking in Eldoret during a vote hunt tour, NASA presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, said that Chiloba will be in contempt of court if he fails to heed the Court of Appeal’s ruling.
This comes after Chiloba on July 25 said that IEBC commissioners would not announce periodic results from each constituency as has been the norm in past polls.
“Elections must be held within confines of the law, the court’s ruling was clear that results announced by Returning Officers at Constituency level will be final, and Kenyans will not forgive you (Chiloba) if you bungle the election,” Raila warned.
Raila said that the media should be allowed to conduct its own tallying of results and asked IEBC chairman to declare the commission’s official standing on the announcing of the presidential results.
The opposition leaders also dismissed acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, declaration that there will only be one party agent per polling station saying that NASA will proceed with its adopt a polling station plan.
Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetangula, said that IEBC is the only institution with the mandate to declare the number of agents allowed per polling station.
“Matiang’i is the acting Cabinet Secretary Interior and cannot play IEBC’s constitutional role, we will proceed with our adopt a polling station strategy as planned,” Wetangula said.
In June this year, a three Judge Court of Appeal bench comprising of Justices Aggrey Muchelule, Weldon Korir and Enoch Chacha Mwita ruled that the results announced by each of the 290 Returning Officers would be final.
In their ruling, the Judges said that the section of the law that gives the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission powers to make changes to results is contrary to the provisions of transparency and accuracy.
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